July 24, 2024
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Tips & Tricks

What Are ‘Smishing Attacks’? (And How to Avoid Them)

Smishing attacks use similar tactics to phishing schemes, but use SMS text messages instead of emails. Hackers send the target a text that looks seemingly legitimate. The text will contain a link that opens a fake, but convincing, page that then instructs the user to download a malware-laced app installation.

How to avoid smishing

✅ to opt-in to SMS spam filters;

✅ turn on spam filters for your Android device in whatever texting apps you use;

✅ the most evident: do not open suspicious links from random numbers❗️Banks, internet providers will not send you random links, ask you to install extra apps, or ask for personal details over a text message. If you’re ever unsure, call the company directly to confirm the text message is legit.

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